Nonfiction

Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: what is an adjective

Monday, October 31, 2011
Brian Cleary
Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: what is an adjective?

What a fun and entertaining series!  Verbs, Nouns, Adjectives, Pronouns, Adverbs, Prepositions, Synonyms, Antonyms. Homonyms, and Homophones all receive hilarious illustration!  Within each book the part of speech being focused on gets highlighted to make it easy for the reader to know which words fit the bill.  "Adjectives help tell us more, Like narrow street or favorite store, Hilly, chilly, fast, and fun, undercooked and overdone.".  My young authors at home really enjoyed this series. It helped clarify, in a fun way, when I asked for more detail-add an adjective or adverb.  Great for getting back to school or even once school starts to reiterate what they are learning.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circulation

Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Bronwyn Mills

I spent last weekend at Jackson's Mills, a state facility built on Stonewall Jackson's home so I decided to read about him. This book has great photographs and all the information about Jackson's youth. He was basically an orphan at age 11 and more or less educated himself before getting into West Point. He was an excellent soldier and many believe that the war might have come out differently if he had not been killed in an accident by his own soldiers. Fun reading about him when I had just seen his grandfather's grave and the land they owned.

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Sue N.,Youth Services

Animals Make Us Human

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Temple Grandin (audiobook)

I listened to 7 out of 10 disks of this book on a trip last week. It was written by an author who has autism and is about insight into animal feelings and emotions. Fascinating authenticated studies and information about the best life for animals and what we should be doing for them. There are sections on dogs, cats, horses, cattle and pigs. My animal lover daughter found it much more interesting than I did but it was worth while listening to.

Sue N., Youth Services

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Living with Kids and Dogs... Without Losing Your Mind

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Colleen Pelar, CPDT
Great book to read before getting a dog for your family because of the sound advice the author/dog trainer suggests ensuring a good relationship between the dog and family. However, if you already have a dog in the family and are experiencing some issues with “Fido” and your kids this book has great information and positive training tips to implement that are useful and easy.

Kate, Youth Services

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The Right Words at the Right Time Volume 2: Your Turn!

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Marlo Thomas and new Friends.

A collection of stories written by everyday people on how one word or phrase made a major impact on their lives. I love the book and it has some great quotes that I will always remember that can change my life. The power of words!

Kate, Youth Services

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Semper Cool, One Marine's Fond Memories of Vietnam

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Barry Fixler
I’ve always been interested in the war in Vietnam and this book is told from the view of an 18 year old boy who joins the Marines. Some of the things in the book are funny but of course a lot of it is tragic. I can't imagine how these young men survived this experience. And a lot of Fixler's friends and fellow soldiers did not. The book also tells about coming home and how that worked out. Very interesting history book.
 
Sue N., Youth Services
 

A Secret Gift

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Ted Gup

I read about this book in the newspaper and had to get it from MelCat. Ted Gup got an old suitcase when his grandfather died. In 1933, Sam Stone was doing better with finances so he offered to give 75 people some money to help them through the Great Depression. They had to write letters describing their lives and why they were deserving. He gave $5 to each of these people and in 1933 that was a lot of money. People bought food, clothing, paid their rent, etc. The book presents some of these letters which really show how life was during the Great Depression. It is a gripping book and most appreciated by older people who have lived during those years or who remember their families talking about it. I think my generation (older!) can see how it affected our lives and how we live them.

Sue N., Youth Services
 
 

Your Bones: how you can prevent osteoporosis and have strong bones for life-naturally

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Lara Pizzorono

This book has a lot of information on vitamin supplements, exercise, and other helpful ways to help your bones. I was distressed about the information concerning Boniva and Fosamax since I do take Boniva. It made me doubt whether I was doing the right thing for my bones. So I am taking this information but not necessarily using it. Interesting book though.

Sue N., Youth Services

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Mindless Eating

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Brian Wansink
Fascinating book- I hope I can use some of the ideas it has for curbing just eating when I really don't need to.  The book talks about serving sizes, purchasing store brands instead of big name brands, and a great chapter on fast foods and the media.  Wansink says we can shave off 10 or 20 pounds a year by following these ideas, hmmm.  Look for me a year from now and we'll see!

Sue N., Youth Services

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Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Mireya Mayor
This book has chapters on different areas where Mayor did exploring.  She worked in gorilla areas, the Masai Mara in Kenya, followed Dr. Livingstone's trail, and searched for small animals about to become extinct.  She usually was the only woman on these journeys and suffered a lot of hardships as well as dangerous situations.  Each chapter was different so it is a pick up and put down sort of book.  As travel and adventure it really is an interesting book.
 
Sue N., Youth Services
 

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